LEARN SINGING BOWLS LESSONS N.1 – TYPES OF SINGING BELLS, BOWLS HANDMADE OR MADE IN FACTORY

Yes, I know, that isn’t about kora, but just about meditation music…
I love also this beautiful tibetan singing bowls, so I’m doing some video lessons, guides or tutorials on singing bells…

I opened a new section of this site dedicated to singing bowls.

In this little serie of singing bowls lessons, I just wanna share my knowledge on this beautiful and meditative instruments that are singing bells.

In this little series of video tutorials on tibetan singing bowls lessons, I just want to share my knowledge gained on these beautiful instruments also called singing bells or harmonic bowls.

Made with seven metals, each one connected to a planet (gold for the Sun, silver for the Moon, iron for Mars, mercury for Mercury, tin for Jupiter, copper for Venus and lead for Saturn), the tibetan singing bells can be used for meditation, in yoga, in the religious practices of Buddhism and for the healing therapies of body, mind and soul.

Born to reproduce the mystical Om mantra, tibetan bells are musical instruments to all effects and it is therefore possible to play the singing bowls together with other musical instruments.

Everyone can play and learn to play tibetan singing bowls: the harmonic bells are very easy to learn and can be used to create a sound bath of healing vibrations capable of restoring the balance of the seven chakras.

Meditation with tibetan bells is a practice of music therapy with oriental origin and taoist character: it trains to balance the energies through the harmonization of the yin and the yang.

Free video lessons on tibetan singing bowls are available to everyone: from beginners to more experienced musicians. For amateurs and holistic operators, for classical musicians and music therapists.

Discover in how many ways, methods and techniques a tibetan singing bell can be played, revealing all its musical healing power and all its magical and transcendental sound, tuned to special frequencies for healing people.

In this video course of singing bowls, we will see how to recognize singing bells and learn how to play the bowls, techniques and various methods.

Curiosities and little secrets of tibetan bells … everything I learned and I’m learning about sound bowls in this little guide.

From how to hold the mallet, to how to amplify tibetan singing bowls. From how to play the harmonic bells with water, with stones, or with rice inside; to how to move or shake singing bowls on hands or pillows. From how to play and tuning a tibetan singing bowl, to how to play, tune and harmonize more singing bells together.

In this singing bells tutorial n. 1 we will see different types of tibetan singing bowls, made in factory or handmade bells…

Good healing vibrations to you!

Thanks for watching!

Kora Lessons Forum

So… here we start a new Kora adventure… a community to share our knowledges and to meet each other.

THE KORA LESSONS FORUM IS BORN!


I really hope that this could be a point of reference for Kora players and lovers around the world.
Blesses to all!

The KORA is the harp lute of West Africa, belonging to the Mandinka ethnic group and widespread in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, New Guinea, Guinea Bissau…

Built on the base of a pumpkin sound box (“calebasse”) and with an harmonic soundboard in cow skin, three sticks cross it vertically and one horizontally. It also has one hole for sound output and a wooden bridge that divides the strings to the right and left.

The kora has 9 holes a all “like the human being”.

Traditionally the kora has 21 strings and a tuning system with skin’s rings (“konso”).

Modern kora today have a tuning mechanism in metal keys (like those of a guitar) even with chromatic changes or can be amplified.

Traditionally the kora is a modal instrument: it is played and tuned on one scale or tonal mode at time.

For at least 700 years the African kora has been the traditional instrument of the Jali (“blood”), or Djeli or Griot: the African singers who hand down the songs and techniques to play the kora from generation to generation, from father to son, from kora masters to disciples. Until recently, kora was taught only within the family circle.

The traditional songs and classical kora rhythms tell of the great African kings and heroes, or they are mythological stories of gods and correct ways of behaving.

The figure of Jaly is highly respected within African society.

A Djali playing the kora also takes the name of “korafola”.

The African kora is a musical instrument in all respects. It is played with four fingers (thumbs and index fingers of both hands) and can produce a melody, a bass loop and free improvisation at the same time.

Improvisation is a fundamental element in African music: given a particular song and melody or a specific rhythmic cycle (“kumbengo”), the rest of the musical performance is an improvisation left to the artist’s inspiration.

With kora it’s possible to perform complex musical virtuosities or simple accompanying music. The kora can play with any other classical instrument, western or belonging to other musical traditions of the world.

In this free video course to learn how to play the kora, we will see every aspect of the instrument, from songs for beginners to techniques for the more experienced.

Everyone can learn how to play the kora with this easy kora lessons course, step by step more complex in this professional kora course of training.

Traditional method of teaching and learning african music joined with the european approach to notation e musical thought.

All you ever wanted to know about the African harp in these free kora lessons by Andrea Candeloro (AndC).

Thank you and subscribe to my channel “Earth Musical Heart” if you like and want to support my world musical project!

BULDING A NEW WOODEN KORA

Hello everyone!

For several years now, I have in mind some ideas to build a new experimental kora…
For about a year, together with friends, we are building a wooden kora… that is, with the intention of replacing cowskin with a wooden soundboard and using the wood also for the tuning keys (pegs)… and then adding some of my personal and friends’s ideas that I think can help the kora players (starting from the harp’s strings, or the adjustable handles to have different distances from the bridge, or wooden keys and so on…).

I started and I continue this project as usual, in my spirit… that is not with the intent of making money, but above all out for the curiosity to discover new sounds or possibilities for the instrument kora itself to share with you…

As in any good project, there were unfortunately some problems, and I had to start all over again… but this time I feel that the spirit is the right one, so I hope I will soon be able to make you listen to this first prototype
So… nothing… I decided to create this New Section of the site to keep you updated on the project and to share with you the various stages of creation…

I hope you can enjoy it!

And yes, even if my friends told me: “wait, it’s still early, it’s still a prototype with many things to change, fix, don’t show anything yet, etc…”
However, I want to show you some preview photos of the kora in the working phase… so not good quality or background set...
Good kora to everyone!

Skype lessons

I just wanted to inform, to those interested, that I re-started to give lessons via Skype of kora … they’re cheap and friendly, but yes… also professional… eventually, you can contact me by e-mail.

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Then I add and renew my infinite thanks to the donating supporters !

Good kora to all!

The KORA is the harp lute of West Africa, belonging to the Mandinka ethnic group and widespread in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, New Guinea, Guinea Bissau…

Built on the base of a pumpkin sound box (“calebasse”) and with an harmonic soundboard in cow skin, three sticks cross it vertically and one horizontally. It also has one hole for sound output and a wooden bridge that divides the strings to the right and left.

The kora has 9 holes a all “like the human being”.

Traditionally the kora has 21 strings and a tuning system with skin’s rings (“konso”).

Modern kora today have a tuning mechanism in metal keys (like those of a guitar) even with chromatic changes or can be amplified.

Traditionally the kora is a modal instrument: it is played and tuned on one scale or tonal mode at time.

For at least 700 years the African kora has been the traditional instrument of the Jali (“blood”), or Djeli or Griot: the African singers who hand down the songs and techniques to play the kora from generation to generation, from father to son, from kora masters to disciples. Until recently, kora was taught only within the family circle.

The traditional songs and classical kora rhythms tell of the great African kings and heroes, or they are mythological stories of gods and correct ways of behaving.

The figure of Jaly is highly respected within African society.

A Djali playing the kora also takes the name of “korafola”.

The African kora is a musical instrument in all respects. It is played with four fingers (thumbs and index fingers of both hands) and can produce a melody, a bass loop and free improvisation at the same time.

Improvisation is a fundamental element in African music: given a particular song and melody or a specific rhythmic cycle (“kumbengo”), the rest of the musical performance is an improvisation left to the artist’s inspiration.

With kora it’s possible to perform complex musical virtuosities or simple accompanying music. The kora can play with any other classical instrument, western or belonging to other musical traditions of the world.

In this free video course to learn how to play the kora, we will see every aspect of the instrument, from songs for beginners to techniques for the more experienced.

Everyone can learn how to play the kora with this easy kora lessons course, step by step more complex in this professional kora course of training.

Traditional method of teaching and learning african music joined with the european approach to notation e musical thought.

All you ever wanted to know about the African harp in these free kora lessons by Andrea Candeloro (AndC).

Thank you and subscribe to my channel “Earth Musical Heart” if you like and want to support my world musical project!

Happy 2019 with kora!

Just few kora notes to wish you a good 2019 kora year!

The KORA is the harp lute of West Africa, belonging to the Mandinka ethnic group and widespread in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, New Guinea, Guinea Bissau…

Built on the base of a pumpkin sound box (“calebasse”) and with an harmonic soundboard in cow skin, three sticks cross it vertically and one horizontally. It also has one hole for sound output and a wooden bridge that divides the strings to the right and left.

The kora has 9 holes a all “like the human being”.

Traditionally the kora has 21 strings and a tuning system with skin’s rings (“konso”).

Modern kora today have a tuning mechanism in metal keys (like those of a guitar) even with chromatic changes or can be amplified.

Traditionally the kora is a modal instrument: it is played and tuned on one scale or tonal mode at time.

For at least 700 years the African kora has been the traditional instrument of the Jali (“blood”), or Djeli or Griot: the African singers who hand down the songs and techniques to play the kora from generation to generation, from father to son, from kora masters to disciples. Until recently, kora was taught only within the family circle.

The traditional songs and classical kora rhythms tell of the great African kings and heroes, or they are mythological stories of gods and correct ways of behaving.

The figure of Jaly is highly respected within African society.

A Djali playing the kora also takes the name of “korafola”.

The African kora is a musical instrument in all respects. It is played with four fingers (thumbs and index fingers of both hands) and can produce a melody, a bass loop and free improvisation at the same time.

Improvisation is a fundamental element in African music: given a particular song and melody or a specific rhythmic cycle (“kumbengo”), the rest of the musical performance is an improvisation left to the artist’s inspiration.

With kora it’s possible to perform complex musical virtuosities or simple accompanying music. The kora can play with any other classical instrument, western or belonging to other musical traditions of the world.

In this free video course to learn how to play the kora, we will see every aspect of the instrument, from songs for beginners to techniques for the more experienced.

Everyone can learn how to play the kora with this easy kora lessons course, step by step more complex in this professional kora course of training.

Traditional method of teaching and learning african music joined with the european approach to notation e musical thought.

All you ever wanted to know about the African harp in these free kora lessons by Andrea Candeloro (AndC).

Thank you and subscribe to my channel “Earth Musical Heart” if you like and want to support my world musical project!

KORA LESSONS – Another song – Part 2

Here another kora lesson, another african song, another rhythm… Sorry but I don’t remember the name of this song, but is quite simple.
Seems that in this video the shoots and audio are not perfectly in syncro… I’m sorry, don’t know why, but I hope you can follow the lesson anyway!

The KORA is the harp lute of West Africa, belonging to the Mandinka ethnic group and widespread in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, New Guinea, Guinea Bissau…

Built on the base of a pumpkin sound box (“calebasse”) and with an harmonic soundboard in cow skin, three sticks cross it vertically and one horizontally. It also has one hole for sound output and a wooden bridge that divides the strings to the right and left.

The kora has 9 holes a all “like the human being”.

Traditionally the kora has 21 strings and a tuning system with skin’s rings (“konso”).

Modern kora today have a tuning mechanism in metal keys (like those of a guitar) even with chromatic changes or can be amplified.

Traditionally the kora is a modal instrument: it is played and tuned on one scale or tonal mode at time.

For at least 700 years the African kora has been the traditional instrument of the Jali (“blood”), or Djeli or Griot: the African singers who hand down the songs and techniques to play the kora from generation to generation, from father to son, from kora masters to disciples. Until recently, kora was taught only within the family circle.

The traditional songs and classical kora rhythms tell of the great African kings and heroes, or they are mythological stories of gods and correct ways of behaving.

The figure of Jaly is highly respected within African society.

A Djali playing the kora also takes the name of “korafola”.

The African kora is a musical instrument in all respects. It is played with four fingers (thumbs and index fingers of both hands) and can produce a melody, a bass loop and free improvisation at the same time.

Improvisation is a fundamental element in African music: given a particular song and melody or a specific rhythmic cycle (“kumbengo”), the rest of the musical performance is an improvisation left to the artist’s inspiration.

With kora it’s possible to perform complex musical virtuosities or simple accompanying music. The kora can play with any other classical instrument, western or belonging to other musical traditions of the world.

In this free video course to learn how to play the kora, we will see every aspect of the instrument, from songs for beginners to techniques for the more experienced.

Everyone can learn how to play the kora with this easy kora lessons course, step by step more complex in this professional kora course of training.

Traditional method of teaching and learning african music joined with the european approach to notation e musical thought.

All you ever wanted to know about the African harp in these free kora lessons by Andrea Candeloro (AndC).

Thank you and subscribe to my channel “Earth Musical Heart” if you like and want to support my world musical project!

KORA LESSONS – Another song – Part 1

Here another kora lesson, another african song, another rhythm… Sorry but I don’t remember the name of this song, but is quite simple.
Seems that in this video the shoots and audio are not perfectly in syncro… I’m sorry, don’t know why, but I hope you can follow the lesson anyway!

The KORA is the harp lute of West Africa, belonging to the Mandinka ethnic group and widespread in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, New Guinea, Guinea Bissau…

Built on the base of a pumpkin sound box (“calebasse”) and with an harmonic soundboard in cow skin, three sticks cross it vertically and one horizontally. It also has one hole for sound output and a wooden bridge that divides the strings to the right and left.

The kora has 9 holes a all “like the human being”.

Traditionally the kora has 21 strings and a tuning system with skin’s rings (“konso”).

Modern kora today have a tuning mechanism in metal keys (like those of a guitar) even with chromatic changes or can be amplified.

Traditionally the kora is a modal instrument: it is played and tuned on one scale or tonal mode at time.

For at least 700 years the African kora has been the traditional instrument of the Jali (“blood”), or Djeli or Griot: the African singers who hand down the songs and techniques to play the kora from generation to generation, from father to son, from kora masters to disciples. Until recently, kora was taught only within the family circle.

The traditional songs and classical kora rhythms tell of the great African kings and heroes, or they are mythological stories of gods and correct ways of behaving.

The figure of Jaly is highly respected within African society.

A Djali playing the kora also takes the name of “korafola”.

The African kora is a musical instrument in all respects. It is played with four fingers (thumbs and index fingers of both hands) and can produce a melody, a bass loop and free improvisation at the same time.

Improvisation is a fundamental element in African music: given a particular song and melody or a specific rhythmic cycle (“kumbengo”), the rest of the musical performance is an improvisation left to the artist’s inspiration.

With kora it’s possible to perform complex musical virtuosities or simple accompanying music. The kora can play with any other classical instrument, western or belonging to other musical traditions of the world.

In this free video course to learn how to play the kora, we will see every aspect of the instrument, from songs for beginners to techniques for the more experienced.

Everyone can learn how to play the kora with this easy kora lessons course, step by step more complex in this professional kora course of training.

Traditional method of teaching and learning african music joined with the european approach to notation e musical thought.

All you ever wanted to know about the African harp in these free kora lessons by Andrea Candeloro (AndC).

Thank you and subscribe to my channel “Earth Musical Heart” if you like and want to support my world musical project!

KORA LESSONS – JARABI – Part 3 – (Version 2)

Here we are!!! I did a little lesson on Jarabi kora song! As I promised! Here is what I know, not a lot… but something…

Part 3

The KORA is the harp lute of West Africa, belonging to the Mandinka ethnic group and widespread in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, New Guinea, Guinea Bissau…

Built on the base of a pumpkin sound box (“calebasse”) and with an harmonic soundboard in cow skin, three sticks cross it vertically and one horizontally. It also has one hole for sound output and a wooden bridge that divides the strings to the right and left.

The kora has 9 holes a all “like the human being”.

Traditionally the kora has 21 strings and a tuning system with skin’s rings (“konso”).

Modern kora today have a tuning mechanism in metal keys (like those of a guitar) even with chromatic changes or can be amplified.

Traditionally the kora is a modal instrument: it is played and tuned on one scale or tonal mode at time.

For at least 700 years the African kora has been the traditional instrument of the Jali (“blood”), or Djeli or Griot: the African singers who hand down the songs and techniques to play the kora from generation to generation, from father to son, from kora masters to disciples. Until recently, kora was taught only within the family circle.

The traditional songs and classical kora rhythms tell of the great African kings and heroes, or they are mythological stories of gods and correct ways of behaving.

The figure of Jaly is highly respected within African society.

A Djali playing the kora also takes the name of “korafola”.

The African kora is a musical instrument in all respects. It is played with four fingers (thumbs and index fingers of both hands) and can produce a melody, a bass loop and free improvisation at the same time.

Improvisation is a fundamental element in African music: given a particular song and melody or a specific rhythmic cycle (“kumbengo”), the rest of the musical performance is an improvisation left to the artist’s inspiration.

With kora it’s possible to perform complex musical virtuosities or simple accompanying music. The kora can play with any other classical instrument, western or belonging to other musical traditions of the world.

In this free video course to learn how to play the kora, we will see every aspect of the instrument, from songs for beginners to techniques for the more experienced.

Everyone can learn how to play the kora with this easy kora lessons course, step by step more complex in this professional kora course of training.

Traditional method of teaching and learning african music joined with the european approach to notation e musical thought.

All you ever wanted to know about the African harp in these free kora lessons by Andrea Candeloro (AndC).

Thank you and subscribe to my channel “Earth Musical Heart” if you like and want to support my world musical project!

KORA LESSONS – JARABI – Part 2 – (Version 1)

Here we are!!! I did a little lesson on Jarabi kora song! As I promised! Here is what I know, not a lot… but something…

Part 2

The KORA is the harp lute of West Africa, belonging to the Mandinka ethnic group and widespread in Mali, Senegal, Gambia, New Guinea, Guinea Bissau…

Built on the base of a pumpkin sound box (“calebasse”) and with an harmonic soundboard in cow skin, three sticks cross it vertically and one horizontally. It also has one hole for sound output and a wooden bridge that divides the strings to the right and left.

The kora has 9 holes a all “like the human being”.

Traditionally the kora has 21 strings and a tuning system with skin’s rings (“konso”).

Modern kora today have a tuning mechanism in metal keys (like those of a guitar) even with chromatic changes or can be amplified.

Traditionally the kora is a modal instrument: it is played and tuned on one scale or tonal mode at time.

For at least 700 years the African kora has been the traditional instrument of the Jali (“blood”), or Djeli or Griot: the African singers who hand down the songs and techniques to play the kora from generation to generation, from father to son, from kora masters to disciples. Until recently, kora was taught only within the family circle.

The traditional songs and classical kora rhythms tell of the great African kings and heroes, or they are mythological stories of gods and correct ways of behaving.

The figure of Jaly is highly respected within African society.

A Djali playing the kora also takes the name of “korafola”.

The African kora is a musical instrument in all respects. It is played with four fingers (thumbs and index fingers of both hands) and can produce a melody, a bass loop and free improvisation at the same time.

Improvisation is a fundamental element in African music: given a particular song and melody or a specific rhythmic cycle (“kumbengo”), the rest of the musical performance is an improvisation left to the artist’s inspiration.

With kora it’s possible to perform complex musical virtuosities or simple accompanying music. The kora can play with any other classical instrument, western or belonging to other musical traditions of the world.

In this free video course to learn how to play the kora, we will see every aspect of the instrument, from songs for beginners to techniques for the more experienced.

Everyone can learn how to play the kora with this easy kora lessons course, step by step more complex in this professional kora course of training.

Traditional method of teaching and learning african music joined with the european approach to notation e musical thought.

All you ever wanted to know about the African harp in these free kora lessons by Andrea Candeloro (AndC).

Thank you and subscribe to my channel “Earth Musical Heart” if you like and want to support my world musical project!